Surfer's Summer Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Surfer's Summer AleSurfer's Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewmaster Darron Welch calls this one an "English Style Summer Ale".

11.9 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.3% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU

Added by Shaw on 10-06-2003

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by HugePlume:
Photo of HugePlume
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in a pint.

A- With a somewhat aggressive pour it leveled up with a massive foamy 3 finger head. Wow. Color was an utterly nondescript yellow, but the lacing was out of this world for what I have ever seen a EPA do. A truly magnificent wall draped down the side of the glass.

S- Grassy hops, and significant yeasty spice. Background of cereal malt.

T- Taste follows the nose, but amplified. Very well balanced. A chorus of beer elements in harmony.

M- falls a little short here, was a bit watery, but forgivable.

O- Very impressive. Try this, not your average pale!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a mostly light and creamy look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy, with some softer citric fruit, sweet grains, and a touch of diacetyl. Fruit and malt really work this into having a bit of a hefty tanginess in the nose.

The taste is a mix of sweet bready biscuits and a bit of fruitiness, with a firm citric bitterness that gives this some assertiveness on the palate. The finish is dry, with lingering notes of fruit and butter hanging in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel to the carbonation and an overall pretty easy drinking feel.

This wasn’t bad. It definitely has some English Pale Ale characteristics to it but then also had a bit of an easy drinking breeziness to the experience that kept things quaffable. I wouldn’t quite call this full-flavored but the overall drinkability helps elevate it a notch.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 29th 2012.

A real crystal clear golden tangerine amber body, with slow rising faint carbonation crawling. Head grabs about two fingers off white an a little soapy. Fairly nice.

Bouquet has a little bit of an off putting sense of bile. Some faint orange estery senses and very light toasty grains seem to be hiding. Not that really great smelling here, but lord knows I've had worse.

Extremely wet bodied, with a carbonated Perrier quality in the palate. Weak. Lots of carbon dioxide, and faint dry toasted barley. Palate is incredibly difficult to pick out and beer senses of malt, fruity esters, hops, anything, amongst all this C02. A hammered down palate, warming brings barely a toasty malt sense.

This tastes like colored beer flavored Perrier, really not feeling the love here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this bottle over to a small get together a short while back... Thanks Jeremy... No way I would have picked up a blonde in PDX.

Pours with a nice white head.. clear golden...

Nose is pretty bready with only hints of C hops.

Flavor is a bit better... lite citrus.. smooth pale malts.. hints of what I guess is wheat....

Expected body and carbonation.

Thanks again Jeremy.

All 3.5's

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Photo of atryes
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $4.99 Golden coloured ale,clear and bright..large frothy white head. KInda hop forward aromas..citusy/grassy type, some honeyish tones also. for being so hoppy on the nose the taste is totally different more honeyish and malt centered..though a gentle tongue caressing hop is there. Nice palate..quite smooth and easy for the style,nice finish. Nice summer quaffer...we are getting a lot of this here in the PNW. Nice to give the hops a rest for the season!

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Derek
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is boardering on an American Wheat in style, though it's perfectly clear. Leaves a nice lace. Aroma and flavour is very light: wheaty biscuit; slightly grassy with hints of floral & citrus. Light to moderate body with a crisp finish. A nice summer brew.

Golden Promise malt
Wheat malt
Torrefied wheat
Glacier hops

Brewing Specs:
Style: English-Style Summer Ale
Gravity: 12.2 degrees Plato
ABV: 5.3%
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: Golden Yellow

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

Maybe the best Blonde I've ever had... ale, that is. The beer starts with a standard straw color, mild on head formation, but endured the session with notable lacing. Aromas of soft pilsner malts, floral-spicy hops, light notes of honey nectar, pears, and paradise seed spiciness. Flavors pick up there and promote the confectionate malt sweetness, light on bittering but nice, crisp, hop flavors of flowery notes, orange zest, and light pine. Light, crisp, yet malty-creamy in the body. Finishes with a dry, minty note and a lingering of floral flavors. Quite nice.

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Photo of draheim
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL (bottled 7/26/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head.

Aroma is fruity, floral, a little grassy, grainy.

Taste is dry and grainy, bready. Floral and fruity hop character. Refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp w/ a dry finish.

Overall a pretty standard, easy-drinking summer ale.

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Photo of jtosch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer on tap 4 years ago on the patio in Pacific City and I like it now in a bottle at home. This is a easy drinking ale with lager like characteristics. The nose is fresh and fruity with some hops apparent. The balance is just right with a great clean finish that has enough flavour to satisfy. A patio beer done right I hope it not another 4 years before I try it again.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, bread, toasted malt and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, toasted bread and light earthiness with a crisp dy finish.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for another gorgeous box of beer, including my third Pelican experience. One great, one not so much, so this is the tie-breaker. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is very beer: a gold that any 1970s beer commercial would be proud to advertise on Three's Company. Nose is grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt.

Surfer's Summer Ale puts the routine in routine. Hits the nose like a ball peen hammer: grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt. Hop tang at the tail end saves this from complete obscurity & gives it a finger or two of character. Easy to drink, I suppose.

Decent, but thoroughly forgettable.

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Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Surfer pours a light gold hue with a quick dissipating foam.

I got a mellow maltiness for the smell.

The taste was really money. After the first sip I thought this would be a beer to drink in the hot sun all day. If I didn't have to take a nap in the mean time.

Mouthfeel was good and soft like most Kolsch styles that I have tasted.

If this was a more accessible beer I would drink it more frequently. I was able to try this beer as a friend delivered a present from the beach. Pelican needs to do a better job of distributing their stock.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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